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of life in the city. we have had jobs having to do with construction and bus driving, and we have had white collar jobs, and we have been independent artists and writers. the full spectrum have come to laguna honda. and in our day we were great participants in all of the city life. difficult circumstances, sometimes crushingly difficult, have brought many of us here at last to laguna honda. not at last for some of us. despite all differences, we need the healing that laguna honda is famous for. some people who come will be rehabilitated and will leave sunday.
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others will need 24-hour care for the rest of their lives, and so they will look forward to spending time in the spending -- in this building for years to come. it is exciting to have a new building. it is even more exciting to receive a new model of care, care that is resident centered, care that honors each person as an individual instead of a body in a bed. care that involves talking to us, and more important, listening to us, hearing our voices. so many have worked so hard, has you have been told -- as you have been told, to bring the state to pass. and now we have a dazzling new setting to present to you. when you leave today, you will be going home. but laguna honda residents will not be leaving. this is our home.
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and it is very important to us. we are already here. but please come back and visit us frequently. this wonderful new laguna honda would not exist without you. i just want to add a personal note. my younger sister, emily, was a resident here for many more years than i have been. she was greatly loved. we lost her recently. i would like to dedicate this speech to her and remembered her, as many of the residents do, with great fondness and affection. thank you all. [applause]
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>> i would like to invite you all nowi that good enough? this is a participatory ribbon cutting. it requires nothing more complicated than this. i will ask you to count down, not up. upon conclusion, we will applaud the great works of turner construction, the dedicated men and women who are still toiling inside to get this project completed, which begs the question when will the residents be moving in that? there is an easy answer -- soon. [laughter] [crowd chants a countdown] [applause]
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go ahead in an orderly manner.
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thank you were coming home. i appreciate the short notice. we realize that every moment we delay on signing these 12 pieces of legislation is a day delay on getting us to where we want to go. of course, you all recognize that we have been patient for, arguably, a generation. if you are 30 or younger, you could go back to 1974 when the navy ceased operations in the shipyard, in 1988 when they shut everything down. in 2004, we got that first conveyance agreement and began to see some progress on the shipyard. of course, that progress is modest compared with the progress we are marking today. that progress includes the extraordinary effort of all of those you see behind me and
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countless others that made this happen over the course of these 30 plus long years. we are blessed to have had visionary leadership. members of the board of supervisors have come and gone. mayors have come and gone. and legislative leaders in sacramento, as well as the federal government, that have long recognized the extraordinary opportunity and the principal opportunity that we have to anchor the fate and future of the city in the southeast sector, and to fulfil the promises we have made for a generation to the people who live in the southeast sector, and were a big part of building the city for a generation. they watched that promise go away when the navy decided to exit the city and those jobs began to go with them. we are here, and in that light of celebration, marking this
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extraordinary milestone. what exactly are we doing? we are talking about an economic stimulus, the likes of which the city has never seen. some $11 billion when full buildout of the increased tax base, $6.4 billion to $6.6 billion in gross city product, as opposed to gross domestic product. we are talking about 12,000 direct jobs, upwards of 13,000 indirect jobs, all told 25,000 jobs will be impacted through the buildout of this project. we're talking about 700 plus -- you could argue 900,000 plus square feet of retail space will be developed. a hotel that no one seems to have remembered, a 220-unit hotel. you have a 10,000 seat arena or amphitheater, in addition to a
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69,000 feet stadium for the san francisco 49ers, when they eventually reconciled their own -- [laughter] i will be nice. we're talking about 10,500 housing units. 32% of them below market. we're talking about $83 million of commitments for community benefits that include very formal and very detailed commitments for work-force training. commitments in terms of public health and the southeast sector. commitments for downpayment assistance. this is one of the largest community benefits packages that i have seen and our city in its history. this is something that has been codified through the good work of many, many agencies. i just want to point out, because a lot of thanks are due, and then i will ask supervisor
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maxwell and president chu to come up in a moment. i want to member thank some of the port commission, recreation and parks commission, the redevelopment agency, as well as the planning commission. all supported and started this process. six specific actions were taken by those bodies before these legislative items came in front of the board of supervisors. of course, to this board, for their stewardship and support of the process, as well as the old board of supervisors. the old board of supervisors said for the conceptual framework that allows us to move forward with proposition g, which was competing with the other proposition, which changed land-use and created a framework that allowed us to go to the state of california to get some state law changes. by the way, this will provide
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for over 300 acres of parks and open space. bay trail connect the waterfront to the rest of the community. i appreciate bonner and all the work he has done. [laughter] to rebuild one of the cornerstones -- there is reverend walker. he knows this well. one of the commitments was made early on, as the framework, as the foundation for any discussion about this plan. there are pac's, acc's, cac 's, and every acronym under the sun. [laughter]
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i can say i'm going to give a shout out. it is a little more eloquent. to the community. i want to read some names. they deserve a tremendous amount of credit. i heard reverend walker. i want to thank him for all his strong support through this process. [laughter] i do not know if angelo kking is here. with a richardson, a miss bromo. [applause] there are thousands of view. and to the acc -- the new acorn -- and that is nothing to be ashamed of. and our committee, for sticking this out as long as you have. to the residents who were there
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from day one. they have been patient throughout. thank you. [applause] i want to thank our friends in labor. there were some heroes that really stepped up. mike casey really stepped up when we needed him. [applause] thank you, manny. there he is. mike, connie ford, and tim paulson, who wish to could have been here. thank you, tim, for your stewardship and support of all of this. i'm sorry to be long winded. i have said this. there's nothing more important. the first department head meeting i had was at west point and middle point. it was literally hours after i was sworn in as mayor. i said we needed to commit ourselves. to be back up where we are
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rebuilding those hunters point public housing sites, and we have real plans, real money, and real progress is being made. this is a point of personal privilege. we really consume ourselves and committed ourselves to this project and getting this done against a lot of hurdles and a lot of naysayers. i want to thank two people in particular. the predicate, the framework, the foundation that i spoke of -- that sits on top of the biggest impediment to this development, and that is what the navy left behind, and what that has meant to a community devastated by cancer rates and asthma rates. what is the big story, that
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deserves more consideration than anything we've done in a number of years in the city, is the extraordinary amount of money -- not rhetoric, hot air, or promise -- but money that has come from the federal government because of speaker nancy pelosi and dianne feinstein. [applause] i do not think people fully understand this. we have received more money than all of the other shipyards in america combined. combined. [applause] i will not get ahead of myself. we have good news coming up. i will just leave it at that. good enough never is. here are the numbers. $714 million. almost three-quarters of a billion dollars. $519 million since i have become mayor. i'm proud of this. i cannot impress more upon you.
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everyone says, what do you do when you go back to washington, d.c.? every year, our top priority is getting this money. speaker nancy pelosi and dianne feinstein have stepped up in ways that you cannot fully appreciate until you are really out there and you know the story. they have done everything to leverage this with their colleagues. they have done everything to make this happen. again, a big round of applause for those two for their work. [applause] now, it is my privilege to introduce a number of supervisors. supervisor maxwell first. no one has lived through this -- the good, the bad, every election, the naysayers. all the folks who i thought were arguing for the status quo. i always save the windshield is
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a lot bigger than the rearview mirror. she was always looking out, as opposed to looking back. i want to congratulate supervisor maxwell. no one is filled with more pride and more fulfillment. no one deserves to be than supervisor maxwell. [applause] supervisor maxwell: thank you. thank you. thank you. let me just say that all that belongs to the community as well. yes, this has been a long time coming, but it has been worth all the time it took to get us here. along the way, what have we done? we have united a community. we have united the old with the new. we have had meetings where we have had african-americans, asians, latinos, and on top of that, the ice cream on the cake, our whole city had a chance to
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weigh in on that vision. they had an opportunity to say, "yes, we want to see a new bayview, and they did overwhelmingly. for this has been a wonderful process. all of that is about democracy, about people also having a voice. we make project better. i also have to thank our entire city, because this is a city people have a lot of faith i want to thank lamar for hanging in there with us an understanding and seeing the values.
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i want to thank all of my colleagues to make tough decisions. they did it, and all of them that helped, i want to thank them, and i want to thank my staff, john and alice, for also hanging in there. this has taken the nation. it has taken local elective, state elective, and federal electives. this is not just the beginning. we are continuing the process for all of the people at the department of public health. [applause] that have been through it and hung in there, and we have to
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give them props. it is about the health of people in debut. thank you all for all you have done. we have to continue being vigilant. we have to be there to make sure it happens. thank you. [applause] mayor newsom: there was one nation that did not help. but i will be that there. speak the truth. i guess i hit a chord. i want to thank supervisors chu
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and dufty for their support. i see some here that spoke to the approach of this effort and community benefits getting across the finish line when it was needed.
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how are we feeling today? i want to start by asking folks to raise your hand if you had a question or concern. how many of the wondered? amen, amen, amen. the mayor and maxwell have said what needs to be said. on behalf of the board of supervisors, i want to help you. we were able to get it over the finish line, and thank you to supervisor maxwell. i think that she could be a poster child. what do you think, extending term limits? [laughter] all lot to think the mayor for
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shepherding this. [applause] michael's hair has gotten wider at this time. i wonder about his cigarette habit. as supervisor maxwell mentioned, it takes a village. today obviously is the end of one chapter but the beginning of another. what we're looking for to is the 21st century hunters point,
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bayview, and san francisco. on behalf of the board, we are 1000% committed to going over this line. we're going to get it done. thank you. >> we want to make this a mecca for green technology.
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we need to talk about how to redevelop it. i say this with admiration to every single person who has participated. no one has put more time and energy into the nuances and technical aspects.
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as i understand it, better than the person she just mentioned. i tell you, we simply would not be here to there, to stick around and get here and be dead of an economic development office in san francisco. michael? [applause]
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>> we have talked about this on lots of occasions. i am a worrier. i do believe it is the biggest, the hardest, and the most important project in san francisco's modern history, and i do not think that we are going to see anything else like this in our lifetime.
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the characteristics reinforce themselves with a ferocious intensity, it bought bonus, and a dedication that goes into the participation. they have the great satisfaction of sitting in a very important way, and there's an incredible, ferocious thoughtfulness in the city staff. literally almost every department in the city.
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there are a few things i feel compelled to mention. [applause] i want to acknowledge amy from the department. [applause] i don't know how we do this, but she should get an mpac award
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here. amy is one -- the issue of cleanup came up and amy always did the right thing. she spoke the truth, relied on science, and -- walker once said, the truth has roads -- a line has roads -- thank you. the point was, we stood there over and over again. we were wonderfully well-